All posts by Patrick Simms

Today’s young convention delegate may well become tomorrow’s highly involved senior member, but only if that young professional sees value in attendance today.

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Today’s young convention delegate may well become tomorrow’s highly involved senior member, but only if that young professional sees value in attendance today.

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Labels can sometimes be misleading in the lodging industry: While a property with a significant amount of well-appointed meeting space relative to its guest room total may be labeled a “meeting hotel,” the same property with a casino added may become known as a “gaming resort.”

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Labels can sometimes be misleading in the lodging industry: While a property with a significant amount of well-appointed meeting space relative to its guest room total may be labeled a “meeting hotel,” the same property with a casino added may become known as a “gaming resort.”

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CVBs Take Hospitality to the Next Level

While CVBs are in the hospitality industry, the term “hospitality” may not encapsulate the full palette of services they offer meeting clients. Going well beyond providing friendly, logistical service to incoming groups, CVBs are often strategic partners in event promotion and design.

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CVBs Take Hospitality to the Next Level

While CVBs are in the hospitality industry, the term “hospitality” may not encapsulate the full palette of services they offer meeting clients. Going well beyond providing friendly, logistical service to incoming groups, CVBs are often strategic partners in event promotion and design.

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It Takes More Than Experience and Creativity to Plan a Winning Meeting

The skill set of the successful meeting planner includes effective communication, attention to detail, organization, time management and multitasking. But many of the skills in the event-planning trade go beyond basic logistical abilities and are no less important.

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It Takes More Than Experience and Creativity to Plan a Winning Meeting

The skill set of the successful meeting planner includes effective communication, attention to detail, organization, time management and multitasking. But many of the skills in the event-planning trade go beyond basic logistical abilities and are no less important.

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Convening in Destinations Outside of the U.S. Raises Educational Awareness

For growth-minded international associations, convening in new locations outside the United States is a key way to raise awareness of their educational offerings and, ultimately, gain new members across the world.

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Convening in Destinations Outside of the U.S. Raises Educational Awareness

For growth-minded international associations, convening in new locations outside the United States is a key way to raise awareness of their educational offerings and, ultimately, gain new members across the world.

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Sponsorship Trends Are Leaning Toward Experiences Rather Than Branded Items

The experiential trend seems to be reaching every corner of the meetings industry, including conventions held by associations.

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Sponsorship Trends Are Leaning Toward Experiences Rather Than Branded Items

The experiential trend seems to be reaching every corner of the meetings industry, including conventions held by associations.

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Destination Immersion and Recreational Offerings Deflect the ‘No-Frills’ Stereotype

Indeed, the conference center stereotype is that of a devoted, “no-frills” training facility. Yet there is no reason why a full-fledged conference center can’t be coupled with robust destination appeal and recreational offerings.

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Destination Immersion and Recreational Offerings Deflect the ‘No-Frills’ Stereotype

Indeed, the conference center stereotype is that of a devoted, “no-frills” training facility. Yet there is no reason why a full-fledged conference center can’t be coupled with robust destination appeal and recreational offerings.

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Delivering a ‘Return on Emotion’

The evolution of corporate teambuilding over recent decades has made planning these activities easier.

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Delivering a ‘Return on Emotion’

The evolution of corporate teambuilding over recent decades has made planning these activities easier.

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How Planners Motivate Top Performers

Every incentive program needs a “selling point” to potential qualifiers, and for most, the prospect of a cruise with a captivating itinerary is a strong enough motivation.

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How Planners Motivate Top Performers

Every incentive program needs a “selling point” to potential qualifiers, and for most, the prospect of a cruise with a captivating itinerary is a strong enough motivation.

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Planners Appreciate Continuous Outstanding Service

There are many instances of short-term partnerships with suppliers that qualify as a success. A firm running an incentive trip, for example, may partner with a DMC at the destination, receive great service and never work with that supplier again — only because the firm never happened to repeat that destination. But the most salient examples of successful relationships with suppliers are those where the client receives great service over many meetings, i.e., the long-term partnership.

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Planners Appreciate Continuous Outstanding Service

There are many instances of short-term partnerships with suppliers that qualify as a success. A firm running an incentive trip, for example, may partner with a DMC at the destination, receive great service and never work with that supplier again — only because the firm never happened to repeat that destination. But the most salient examples of successful relationships with suppliers are those where the client receives great service over many meetings, i.e., the long-term partnership.

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